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Bumblefoot or just a scab?

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One of my chickens had a seemingly classic bumblefoot scab on her foot however no limping or swelling. We prepared for surgery. Cut off the scab expecting a kernel or pus but nothing! it was just pinkish healthy looking fat/tissue. We poked and prodded but nothing came out. Sprayed vetericyn on it and wrapped her up. Has anyone else come across this? Was it just a scab all along? Hopefully attaching a picture of the scab, didnt get one during surgery unfortunately.

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Yes sometimes there's just nothing under there. If the area is hot or redness with swelling it needs prompt attention. Otherwise I would suggest to disinfect the area under the scab that was removed, apply polysporin to a piece of gauze placed over the hole and secure with vetwrap. Change the bandage in 3 days and after a few repeats she should be good!
I am of the school that believes bumblefoot can be treated without surgery. Softening up the foot pad with a wrap for at least a week will allow you to manipulate the access manually, pullout the scab and often drain the abscess. Keeping the area completely clean with gauze, polysporin and vetwrap is key
Edited by Woobsie - 6/6/16 at 12:00pm

Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

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Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

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